Lehigh County Notice of Commencement Form (Pennsylvania)

All Lehigh County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Notice of Commencement Form

Lehigh County Notice of Commencement Form

Fill in the blank Notice of Commencement form formatted to comply with all Pennsylvania recording and content requirements.
Included Lehigh County compliant document last validated/updated 3/13/2024

Notice of Commencement Guide

Lehigh County Notice of Commencement Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Lehigh County compliant document last validated/updated 5/7/2024

Completed Example of the Notice of Commencement Document

Lehigh County Completed Example of the Notice of Commencement Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Lehigh County compliant document last validated/updated 4/12/2024

When using these Notice of Commencement forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Lehigh County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Recorder of Deeds - Courthouse

455 W Hamilton St, Rm 122, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-2400

Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri / Until 3:45pm for documents requiring PIN #

Phone: (610) 782-3162

Local jurisdictions located in Lehigh County include:

  • Alburtis
  • Allentown
  • Bethlehem
  • Breinigsville
  • Catasauqua
  • Center Valley
  • Coopersburg
  • Coplay
  • East Texas
  • Emmaus
  • Fogelsville
  • Germansville
  • Laurys Station
  • Limeport
  • Macungie
  • Neffs
  • New Tripoli
  • Old Zionsville
  • Orefield
  • Schnecksville
  • Slatedale
  • Slatington
  • Trexlertown
  • Whitehall
  • Zionsville

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Immediately after you submit payment, the Lehigh County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be provided to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance. Forms are NOT emailed to you.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Lehigh County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Lehigh County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Lehigh County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Notice of Commencement forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Lehigh County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Lehigh County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Pennsylvania or Lehigh County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Lehigh County Notice of Commencement forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

As a Pennsylvania property owner, should I file a Notice of Commencement?

Mechanic's Liens are governed by Title 49 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

In Pennsylvania, an owner may file an OPTIONAL Notice of Commencement with the Directory of General Services (DGS) registry. The purpose of filing the Notice of Commencement is to provide all the relevant information necessary for a subcontractor or supplier to file a Notice of Furnishing. 501.3.

Prior to the commencement of labor or the furnishing of materials for a searchable project that may give rise to a mechanics' lien under the mechanic's lien code, the searchable project owner or agent of the searchable project owner may file a Notice of Commencement with the directory. 501.3(a)(1). The contractor can also act as the owner's agent and file the Notice of Commencement if the contract provides. 501.3(a)(2).

Filing a Notice of Commencement triggers the requirement for a subcontractor or supplier on the job to serve you with a Notice of Furnishing within 45 days. 501.3(b)(1).

Section 501.3(a)(3) states that the Notice of Commencement must include the following information:
1) Name, street address, and e-mail address of the general contractor.
2) Name and location of the project.
3) County in which the project is located.
4) Legal description of the property, including all its tax-parcel identifying numbers.
5) Name, address, and e-mail address of the owner of the property and (if different) of the project.
6) If applicable, the name, address, and e-mail address of a surety for performance and payment bonds.

Upon receipt of a Notice of Commencement, the Directory will assign a unique identifying notice to it. 501.1(e)(1). Additionally, the Notice must be posted at the worksite and the owner must take reasonable steps during construction to ensure the notice remains posted and available for view. 501.3(a)(4). The project owner and contractor must also make reasonable efforts to ensure that a copy of the Notice of Commencement is included in all contract documents that are provided to subcontractors who awarded work on the project. 501.3(a)(5).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you have any questions about filing a Notice of Commencement or any other issue with Pennsylvania mechanic's liens, contact an attorney familiar with construction or lien law.

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